The balance between a building’s Context (its history, setting and future), its potential for Change (in a dynamic world), and its demands for Continuity (ongoing maintenance), is challenging. The unique structure of the STBA with its three co-Chairs representing Industry, Heritage and Sustainability enables us to deliver a truly Whole Building Approach to the future of traditional buildings in the UK.
An aerial view of flooding around Muchelney, Somerset. © Historic England, Damian Grady
Historic England’s Position on Climate Change and Sustainability has been published and it provides great reassurance that heritage bodies like HE, who are members of the Climate Heritage Network and co-signatories of the Joint Heritage Sector Statement on Climate Change, are onboard and active in the drive for zero carbon.
Some of the main messages being promoted are:
STBA and Aereco have been working together on a Whole House Retrofit project in S Wales. Key tip about location of the trickle vents is:
Only install trickle vents in ‘wet rooms’ – kitchen, bathroom, utility, toilet.
Otherwise this creates a short circuit for air being drawn in from outside just to be immediately drawn out again by the extractor.
So specific trickle vents for ‘occupied rooms’ and also think about whether they need to be humidity controlled and / or noise reductions options.